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Union Library Workers

Discussion Labor, LSA Legislation and an Amazing Librarian -Elizabeth Myer

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 06:33 am

Roots of the LSA: Elizabeth Myer, Rhode Island State Librarian and John E. Fogerty, the Congressman who began his political career as president of the Bricklayers and Masons, Local 1, Rhode Island.



Myer is credited in James Healey's volume, 
John E. Fogarty: Political Leadership for Library Development(pp.78-81) as playing a crucial role in Fogarty’s library interest. Healey quotes John Humphry,

Roots of the LSA: Elizabeth Myer, Rhode Island State Librarian and John E. Fogerty, the Congressman who began his political career as president of the Bricklayers and Masons, Local 1, Rhode Island.



Myer is credited in James Healey's volume, 
John E. Fogarty: Political Leadership for Library Development(pp.78-81) as playing a crucial role in Fogarty’s library interest. Healey quotes John Humphry,

“I have little doubt but what he [Fogarty] was greatly impressed with the pioneer work that Betty Myer did in reaching people through bookmobile and other local outlets; her active and aggressive public relations programs; and her ability to relate effectively to legislators, government officials, librarians and the people who benefitted from library services…”(p. 81).

Elizabeth Gallup Myer died at 81 July 8, 1993. It was noted in American Libraries that she became the first woman to serve in Rhode Island’s governor’s cabinet during her 1964-1975 tenure as director of the Rhode Island Department of State Library Services.
Source: American Libraries v. 24 (October 1993) p. 872
Subject(s): Myer, Elizabeth Gallup, d. 1993

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Additional background on the Library Services Act.

Fry, James W. “LSCA and LSCA, 1956-1973: A Legislative History,” Library Trends 24 (July 1975): 7-26.

Healey, James S. John E. Fogarty: Political Leadership for Library Development, Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1974.

Lipscomb, C. E. Lister Hill and his influence. Journal of the Medical Library Association v. 90 no. 1 (January 2002),p. 109-10.

McCook, Kathleen de la Pena, Introduction to Public Librarianship. New York, Neal-Schuman, pp. 65-70.

 

Molz, Redmond Kathleen. Federal Policy and Library Support.
MIT Press, Cambridge, 1976.

Raber, Douglas. “Ideological Opposition to Federal Library Legislation: The Case of the Library Services Act of 1956.” Public Libraries (May/June 1995): 162-169.

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ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Discussion Medical Coding Resources at the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®)

by Cynthia Burke on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 03:16 pm

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) responds to more than 100,000 questions each year. Regularly asked questions become Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLM Reference and Consumer Health FAQs are at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqref.html. We review and update our FAQs frequently. The FAQ resources include national and international government agencies and non-profit organizations. One of our FAQs is about medical codes.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) responds to more than 100,000 questions each year. Regularly asked questions become Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLM Reference and Consumer Health FAQs are at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqref.html. We review and update our FAQs frequently. The FAQ resources include national and international government agencies and non-profit organizations. One of our FAQs is about medical codes.

Medical codes are used in medical records at doctors’ and dentists’ offices, insurance companies, hospital records, and other health care services. The FAQ: Medical Codes, is at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/medcodes.html .

The Medical Codes FAQ lists eight major coding systems used by US and international health care providers. The coding systems include the

• ICD: International Classification of Diseases. There is also a link to information about the ICD-10.
• CPT: Current Procedural Terminology
• DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision

This FAQ explains what each coding system is, who uses it, and provides a link to the code. NLM has a major medical coding source used by researchers worldwide: the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS).

Send your comments about these resource or research assistance questions to custerv@nlm.nih.gov or use our contact form at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/mainweb/siebel/nlm/index.cfm .

Cynthia Burke, MLS, AHIP
Reference Librarian
National Library of Medicine
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov
The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Health Sciences Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Medical Coding Resources at the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®)

by Cynthia Burke on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 03:15 pm

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) responds to more than 100,000 questions each year. Regularly asked questions become Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLM Reference and Consumer Health FAQs are at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqref.html. We review and update our FAQs frequently. The FAQ resources include national and international government agencies and non-profit organizations. One of our FAQs is about medical codes.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) responds to more than 100,000 questions each year. Regularly asked questions become Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLM Reference and Consumer Health FAQs are at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqref.html. We review and update our FAQs frequently. The FAQ resources include national and international government agencies and non-profit organizations. One of our FAQs is about medical codes.

Medical codes are used in medical records at doctors’ and dentists’ offices, insurance companies, hospital records, and other health care services. The FAQ: Medical Codes, is at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/medcodes.html .

The Medical Codes FAQ lists eight major coding systems used by US and international health care providers. The coding systems include the

• ICD: International Classification of Diseases. There is also a link to information about the ICD-10.
• CPT: Current Procedural Terminology
• DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision

This FAQ explains what each coding system is, who uses it, and provides a link to the code. NLM has a major medical coding source used by researchers worldwide: the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS).

Send your comments about these resource or research assistance questions to custerv@nlm.nih.gov or use our contact form at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/mainweb/siebel/nlm/index.cfm .

Cynthia Burke, MLS, AHIP
Reference Librarian
National Library of Medicine
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov
The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting [Event]

Event ALA Midwinter Meeting

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 02:43 pm

The 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting will take place in Boston, MA. See you there!

Union Library Workers

Discussion Hyatt Boston Labor Issues

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 08:03 am

ALA Midwinter-Boston- Hyatt firing its housekeeping staff

I will direct all state employees not to use Hyatt when
traveling or for other purposes for the foreseeable future. This is not
how I like to operate. But the treatment of these workers appears to be
so substandard that it leaves me no choice. -
-Deval Patrick

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Aaron W. Dobbs wrote on 9/23/2009:

ALA Midwinter-Boston- Hyatt firing its housekeeping staff

I will direct all state employees not to use Hyatt when
traveling or for other purposes for the foreseeable future. This is not
how I like to operate. But the treatment of these workers appears to be
so substandard that it leaves me no choice. -
-Deval Patrick

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Aaron W. Dobbs wrote on 9/23/2009:

At the very least, I would like to see a link or some indication on
the Housing Forms indicating there is a labor/management
dispute/fiasco at the Hyatt.
Let members decide for themselves where to stay, but I feel we (ALA
Council) have a responsibility to make information on this situation
available to members considering their housing options for Midwinter.

Also, I would like to see us send an open letter, similar to the
Patrick letter, which states that while we (ALA) have contracted for
housing, we cannot be held responsible for our members' choices to
avoid the Haytt. Our open letter should also be shared / distributed
electronically to our members who have indicated willingness to
receive emails from ALA.

I'll happily assist with reviewing/editing said letter if someone more
cogent than I could send up a first draft

-Aaron
:-)'

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ALSC Bloggers

Discussion ALSC Blog and Facebook -- please add your name to the beginning of your post

by Teresa Walls on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:53 am

The ALSC Facebook account adds the posts from the ALSC Blog. A great way to get the word out -- thanks, Jenny! However, the tags don't show up there. Consequently, readers via Facebook don't know who the writer is. Please add your name either to the beginning or at the end of your entry to the ALSC Blog unless it is an entry that is more from the ALSC organization as an entity.

Second Life Users Group

Discussion Academic Librarians in SL Survey -- until October 19!

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Group Notice From: Adra Letov (for ACRL in SL Second Life Group)

We are conducting a survey to gather information about the roles and activities of academic librarians in Second Life.  If you are an academic librarian who has used Second Life, please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey:

http://u.nu/2k6a3

The survey will be available until Monday, Oct. 19.  Please forward this information widely.  Thank you!

ALA Connect Help

Discussion General MentorConnect Help

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 09:52 am
  1. How do I join MentorConnect?
  2. What’s the difference between my Connect profile and my MentorConnect profile?
  3. Who can see my MentorConnect profile?
  4. How do I leave feedback for my mentor/mentee?
  5. What’s listed on the “All Feedback” page?
  6. How long will a mentorship remain in MentorConnect?
  7. How do I close/end a mentorship?
  8. How do I remove myself from appearing in the MC search results while still maintaining my current mentorships?
  9. I don’t have time to mentor right now, but I want to keep my profile. How can I temporarily remove myself from appearing in the MC search results?
  10. How do I remove myself from MentorConnect?
  11. Why don't I show up in the mentor/mentee search results?
  12. Don't see your question listed here? Check other MentorConnect help documents, leave a comment, or use the contact us form to ask it.

 



 

  1. How do I join MentorConnect?
    Look for a link to MentorConnect in the left-hand column, underneath your name. Alternatively, you’ll always have a special tab for MC on your profile. Once there, you’ll see a welcome message and explanation until you join. MentorConnect is completely opt-in. And yes, you can join, create a profile, and look around a little without jumping into the deep end and getting in over your head. If you look around and decide MentorConnect isn’t for you right now, just edit your MC profile and un-check the boxes for registering as a mentor and/or mentee.

     

  2. What’s the difference between my Connect profile and my MentorConnect profile?
    Your ALA Connect profile includes general information from our member database, and you have one by default (unless you’ve excluded yourself from appearing in the ALA Member Directory via your ALA website profile). Any ALA member can see what’s on your Connect profile. Conversely, your MentorConnect profile doesn’t exist until you create and populate it with mentoring-specific information. Only other members who have joined MC can see it.

     

  3. Who can see my MentorConnect profile?
    Your MentorConnect profile can be seen only by other ALA members who have proactively joined MentorConnect. ALA will never expose your MC profile to non-members or the public. Ever. Unlike your ALA Connect, which you can choose to display publicly, your MC profile can never be set to “public.”

     

  4. How do I leave feedback for my mentor/mentee?
    To leave feedback that gets archived in MentorConnect, log in to ALA Connect, go to MentorConnect, click on either “my mentors” or “my mentees” (depending on which type of person you’re leaving feedback for), find the mentorship you’re interested in, and click on the “feedback” link for it. This will take you to the mentorship’s page, where you can click on the “Add new feedback” link.

    The other person will get an email notice containing your feedback, and they’ll be able to log in and reply. You’ll then get an email notice containing that reply. You can reply back and forth as many times as you’d like, or you can start a new thread using the “add new feedback” link when you’re ready to start a new topic.

     

  5. What’s listed on the “All Feedback” page?
    This page lists all of your feedback from all of your mentorships, arranged by date, with the most recent feedback at the top of the page. It includes comments made by you and by others. It’s a good way to quickly scan the newest feedback left for you, as well as your recent mentorship conversations. Comments are color-coded by mentorship to make scanning easier. To go to a mentorship to see all feedback for it, click on the name of it in the right-hand column.

     

  6. How long will a mentorship remain in MentorConnect?
    A mentorship will remain in Connect forever so that you’ll always be able to refer back to when someone was in a mentorship with you, including the feedback. A mentorship can be closed by the mentee at any time, but it will still appear in the “past mentors” and “past mentees” section of the profiles for the two people involved.

     

  7. How do I close/end a mentorship? 
    A mentee or a mentor can close a mentorship at any time by doing the following:
    1. Go to "my mentors" or "my mentees" to find the mentorship you want to close.
    2. Click on the mentorship’s “feedback” link.
    3. Click on the “edit” link next to the mentorship name.
    4. Check the “close this mentorship” box and then the “save” button.

    This will send a notification to the other person that the mentorship has been closed. The mentoring relationship will now appear under the “past mentors” and “past mentees” sections in each person’s MC profile. All feedback is archived, along with the mentorship, plus you’ll be able to refer back to the exact dates for everything.

     

  8. How do I remove myself from appearing in the MC search results while still maintaining my current mentorships?
    If you want to keep your MC profile but not appear in the search results as a potential mentor/mentee anymore, simply edit your MC profile and un-check the box for registering as a mentor or mentee. When you’re ready for mentoring again, simply edit your profile and check the box again. This will put you back in the pool of potential mentors.

     

  9. I don’t have time for mentoring right now, but I want to keep my profile. How can I temporarily remove myself from appearing in the MC search results?
    If you want to keep your MC profile but not appear in the search results as a potential mentor/mentee anymore, simply edit your MC profile and un-check the box for registering as a mentor or mentee. If you have existing mentorships, you'll need to go to each one and end/close them. When you’re ready for mentoring again, simply edit your MC profile and check the "register" box again. This will put you back in the pool of potential mentors/mentees.

     

  10. How do I remove myself from MentorConnect?
    To remove yourself from MentorConnect altogether, edit your MC profile and un-check the "register" buttons for being a mentor and/or mentee.

     

  11. Why don't I show up in the mentor/mentee search results?
    If you're looking for yourself in the search results, you won't see you, because you can't mentor yourself.  :-)

    If someone else is looking for you, there are two possible reasons they can't find you in the results:

    1. You already have the number of mentors/mentees set as the maximum in your profile. For example, if you set the max number of folks you'll mentor at once to two and you have two mentees, we remove you from the search results. Conversely, if you set that option to "None," you won't appear in the results.
    2. You haven't checked the box when editing your MC profile to appear in the search results.

 

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ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion Literacy

by Mary Ghikas on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 05:10 pm

Here is a report on literacy from the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy.    It was posted to another Connect group and I am reposting here:

Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success

http://carnegie.org/literacy/tta/pdf/tta_Main.pdf

 

 

ACRL CLS (College Libraries Section)

Discussion CLS Website of the Month: Odum Library at Valdosta State University

by Peter Gilbert on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 04:04 pm

The great state of Georgia may make you think of peaches, peanuts, Spanish moss or golf. While the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course may bring up images of beautiful azaleas, Valdosta is the Azalea City and home to Valdosta State University.

The great state of Georgia may make you think of peaches, peanuts, Spanish moss or golf. While the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course may bring up images of beautiful azaleas, Valdosta is the Azalea City and home to Valdosta State University.

The Gertrude Glimer Odum Library recently added an addition to the library in 2004 and is currently renovating the original library space. The dedication to creating effective, usable library space is reflected not only in the library's physical space but also in the Odum Library's website.

Innovative layout is the hallmark of the Odum Library homepage. The four square design provides access to a variety of topics while the intuitive tabbed browsing leads users effortlessly to the needed information.

Other must see features of the Odum Library website:

  • The (Almost) Daily Photo on the library blog is an engaging way to present library resources to users
  • Library renovation updates help to keep students, faculty and staff informed
  • Odum Library Top 10 list provides hyperlinked access to popular library services
  • Links to social networking sites and bookmarking available right on the library's homepage
  • FAQ page utilizes tabbed browsing

George Gaumond, University Librarian, and his staff are commended on creating a truly innovative and intuitive library website.

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